(ESPN.com) – Uruguay got a triumph before Ecuador this Thursday for the seventh date of South American qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022, thanks to an agonizing goal from Gastón Pereiro after 92 minutes of play.
La Celeste lacked game generation against a rival who stood up very well defensively and managed to manage the game times at ease, although without being able to create much danger.
The best moment of the visitors came at the beginning of the second half, when they began to approach the arch of Fernando Muslera placeholder image, but the attempts were neutralized by the Uruguayan defense, who had Diego Godín absent due to injury and played Ronald Araújo in his place.
The match stood out for the parity between both teams, and the Tricolor did business until the end looking for a draw that served to continue in third place in the Qualifying Round behind Brazil and Argentina.
The most controversial play of the match occurred at 66 ‘, when Rodrigo Bentancur made a hard foul on Gonzalo Plata on the left wing and only saw the yellow one. However, the VAR did not make any precision and the midfielder continued to play the match until the end.
At 72 ‘, Tabárez moved the Uruguayan bench and gave the team freshness with the entry of Gastón Pereiro, Joaquín Piquerez and Maxi Gómez, in a passage of the game in which it seemed that Uruguay had no more to offer.
From there, the Celeste began to approach the Ecuadorian goal and Matías Vecino scored a great goal at 87 ‘to open the scoring, although the referee Anderson Daronco canceled it for a clear offside at the request of the VAR.
When the match seemed to culminate in a draw, a great personal play by Nahitan Nández, one of Uruguay’s highest points in the match, allowed him to overflow and shoot a precise center for the arrival of Gastón Pereiro at the penalty spot, who headed perfect and unleashed madness in the Champion of the Century.
With this result, La Celeste climbs to third position and accumulates 7 points out of 9 on this triple date, considering that in the next date it will have to face nothing more and nothing less than Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.
Ecuador, for its part, will be in fourth position until the next days in October.